Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1 (ESV)
People who are unwise will never gain knowledge and wisdom. Wise people can discern the difference between right and wrong. The morality of God should play a part in that as well. Whoever hates correction has a heart issue. If our hearts don’t love the way Jesus does, it won’t correct our thoughts, which in turn won’t correct our actions. Christians must view discipline as a necessity to make us stay on the path of righteousness. When the Bible convicts us and corrects us, we have to follow with obedience to God’s word.
No one likes it when people call them out on their actions. However, as Christians, we have to hold each other accountable so we don’t become a stumbling block for someone else. We need to apply more self-discipline in our lives in order to gain wisdom. Accountability and correction will help us mature as followers of Jesus Christ. If we can’t follow instructions, we will receive the consequences for our disobedient.
Correction and discipline shows a person their faults. A person who loves instruction opens their mind to receive knowledge, including moral obligations. This should encourage us, knowing that God is willing to work with us and help us get back on the right path.
We must follow God’s commands if we want to spread the gospel in a way that pleases Him. We should want to submit to God’s ultimate authority, so He can guide us toward more wise choices. Our choices dictate our lifestyle and how others perceive us. Let’s make the right choice and learn from our mistakes.
This week, pray about areas in your life where you need more discipline. Allow God to convict your heart, so that your actions can reflect it.